Eighty workers with HMS Host at the Indianapolis Airport have ratified their first union contract. On August 28, 2013, workers voted yes on a four year agreement that includes significant raises, job security protections, and reduced health care costs. They were recognized as a union in March of this year.
The contract comes after a month of negotiations with HMS Host. The agreement provides for $1.75 to $1.90 in raises for non-tipped employees over the next four years, the first raises for tipped employees since the airport’s opening, and seniority rights for job openings and scheduling.
"I’m extremely excited about the settlement," said Starbucks Barista and Union negotiating committee member Marcus Gibson. "These will be the first raises I’ve received since starting at HMS over 6 months ago. They will allow me to take better care of my family."
HMS Host workers join over 130 unionized food service workers at Indianapolis Airport employed by SSP America and AREAS USA. Nearly 500 food service workers have joined UNITE HERE in Indianapolis in the last couple years. In addition to the workers at the city’s airport restaurants, UNITE HERE represents food service and campus operations workers at IUPUI and Marian and Butler Universities.